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BMJ study suggests art therapy carries important information for clinicians

A US study led by Dr Girija Kaimal suggests that artwork created during therapy offered to service men and women may convey valuable information to the treating clinicians about patterns of resilience and risk.

The study was funded by the US National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

New Zealand Bids for Arts on Prescription

The New Zealand Arts Council has proposed establishing a national arts on prescription scheme for people with poor mental health.

In a submission to the national Government’s review on mental health, Creative New Zealand proposed establishing a formal arts on prescription scheme nationally. The country established a “green” prescription scheme in 2004.

Commonwealth Writers' Prizes – deadline 1 November 2017

Applications for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, which aims to promote new voices, reward achievement, encourage wider readership and greater literacy, and increase understanding between cultures. The Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000-5,000 words).

NEA/University of Michigan report on participatory arts and older people

Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Engage in the Arts is a detailed look at arts participation habits, attitudes toward the arts, and related health characteristics of adults aged 55+.

Arts in Health Research Intensive 29 January 2018 - 2 February 2018

The University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine and the Arts Health Early Career Research Network is offering a five day introduction to the field of arts in health and fundamentals in evaluation and research.

The course will explore the development and scope of the field, consider the physiological, social and behavioural impacts of the arts in a health context, analyse research and evaluation methodologies that underpin the field and cover practicalities, issues and methods in arts in health research.              

Winston Churchill Craft and Design Travelling Fellowships – deadline 19 September 2017

The new Craft and Design 2018 Travelling Fellowships programme is currently open for applications for those inspired by the work of overseas designers, with a project in mind to support craft skills or wanting to work with overseas craft people/designers.

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Closing date: 19 September 2017 at 17:00

Talking about Arts in Health

A white paper from the University of Florida’s Center for Arts in Medicine addressing the language used to describe the discipline from a higher education perspective.

Community arts for health partnerships in African settings – 23 May 2017

A free Royal Society for Public Health webinar looking at two arts-for-health partnerships, focused on diabetes (South Africa) and social inclusion (Uganda).

13:00-14:00, 23 May 2017

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Arts in Health Research Cluster: Launch and Talks, Limerick – 30 March 2017

The launch of a newly established Arts in Health Research Cluster will take place on 30 March 2017 at The Health Hub, Rutland Street in Limerick City. Formed by academics, clinicians, patients and artists from the University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick Institute of Technology and the Limerick School of Art and Design, the group is the brainchild of Dr.

UCLArts & Healing Conference, Los Angeles – 30 March-2 April 2017

UCLArts and Healing’s inaugural conference, which will offer “innovative tools for multicultural community building and social-emotional well-being”. 

125+ workshops will be delivered by national experts in art, dance, drama, drumming, music, and writing, integrated with mental health practices.  

The conference is aimed at professionals in arts, education, mental health, social services and healthcare, as well as anyone interested in creativity and healing.

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